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Embossed Roses Collage

Day 5 of May Arts / Stampendous Blog Week!

Embossed Roses Collage

Nearly every crafter has a stash of bits and pieces of ribbons and pretty papers tucked away somewhere. A collage background is the perfect way to use them all up!  I created a 12 x 12 collage with May Arts ribbons, some of my favorite papers, vintage dictionary pages, and embossed roses made with a Stampendous stamp and embossing powders. The inspiration for the collage background came from an amazing book I recently purchased called Collage Couture:  Techniques for Creating Fashionable Art by Julie Nutting. This book is packed with fun and fabulous ideas for creating stylish works of art. I put my own twist on Julie’s techniques by adding ribbon to the mix! I love this type of project because it’s very forgiving and imperfections are just part of the charm. I decided on a soft palette of pinks, blue-greens, cream, white, and a dash of gold. A thin coat of gesso adds a dreamy, cloudy effect and unifies the various elements.


Here’s how I made it:



Tear pieces of dictionary paper into narrow strips about ¼” – ½” wide. Use Collage Pauge or other decoupage medium to attach the strips to a 12 X 12 piece of Kraft cardstock.



Next, add a layer of torn pieces of patterned paper.



Finish with a layer of various widths and styles of ribbon.  Add a coat of Collage Pauge over the top of the ribbon to make sure it lays flat and stays in place. Use a foam brush to add a very thin coat of gesso to the entire collage. Set it aside to dry.


For the embossed roses:



I made one rose on a plain piece of dictionary paper. Thoroughly coat the Stampendous stamp with Versa Mark Ink.



 Sprinkle on a generous layer of Honey Opaque embossing powder.



Use a heat tool to melt the powder and it magically turns into a shiny enamel finish!



For the painted roses, apply a thin coat of Pearlescent Turquoise Lumiere to four pieces of dictionary papers. Allow the papers to dry, then stamp two of them with Versa Mark ink and add a mix of Honey Opaque and Golden Sand embossing powders. The other two papers will be used for the title and for a mat under a photo.



For the BLOOM title, I used the karlee chipboard alphabet from The Girls Paperie. You may wish to use a different title or letters of course. Simply tear the painted dictionary paper to the size needed and glue on the letters. Use Collage Pauge to glue the title to the upper right corner of the collage.



For this collage, I printed out a 5 X 7 photo of some gorgeous pink roses that bloomed in my garden this summer. I used white cardstock to print the picture, and then added a few swipes of gesso to soften it. Glue the photo to a piece of painted dictionary paper {turned sideways} and then use Collage Pauge to add it to the collage. Cut out the three roses and add them to the right side of the collage as shown.

 Quick Tip: If your dictionary paper is fragile or very thin, you may want to use Collage Pauge to layer it on a manila folder or a piece of cardstock. This will give it more stability and make it less likely to tear.

The collage is complete! I added some ruffled May Arts ribbon to the top of the collage so I can hang it in my studio.  But first it will need to go under a heavy stack of books to make it lie flat. This collage background technique would be perfect for journal covers, scrapbook pages, cards, and more! Thanks to May Arts and Stampendous for sponsoring this tutorial! Be sure to Serendipity Vintage Studio for a link to a printable PDF of the entire project. Have a happy summer!


Materials List:

  • 12 X 12 Kraft Cardstock
  • Vintage Dictionary Pages
  • Variety of patterned cardstock strips {I used mainly The Girls Paperie}
  • Versa Mark Watermark Ink Pad {the pen is handy for touch ups!}
  • Pearlescent Turquoise Lumiere Paint by Jacquard
  • Gesso
  • Collage Pauge {or your favorite decoupage medium}
  • Foam Brush

Blog post by: Kimberly Jones


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  1. Sue D

    I like the embossed rose on your collage background.

  2. Sav O'G

    What a great idea–I always emboss but not on text and then I don’t color it in! WOW! CLEVER:)

  3. Maria Matter

    ack! I sooo want to try this! thanks for the inspiration, love trying new techniques!

  4. Stacie

    Gorgeous ribbon and love the embossing!

  5. Linda Slattery

    What a great tutorial using quite a variety of great products. A very nice finished product.

  6. sue w.

    Paper piecing – a fun technique.
    stamping sue

  7. Annette

    Now that was cool layers… I am so going to try this technique….love embossing.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome layout..

  8. indy

    Great ideas and wonderful layout!

  9. Charlene

    Your collages are always so beautiful, Kimberly. My eyes just devour every little detail.

  10. DeniseB

    Pretty collage project! I love the rose embossed on the dictionary page. Pretty ribbon choice too!

  11. Anita A

    Stunning tutorial and great idea!

  12. Chris Dring

    Very cool idea! TFS!

  13. Holly Tolman

    Wow, this is just incredible! I bet it looks great hanging up too.


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